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    Atomizer

    Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lungs, the first Big Black release was recorded by Steve on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on the EP himself - except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland. Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass, and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In 1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the Bulldozer EP. By 1984, the band had done some touring and recorded the Racer X EP and the start of the Il Duce 7". After that, Jeff returned to Naked Raygun and was replaced by Dave Riley. In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, Atomizer, as well as finishing the Il Duce 7". Atomizer was released in 1986 along with the release of the Hammer Party compilation CD. In 1987, the Headache EP and Heartbeat 7" were released. That same year, the band recorded and released the 7" of The Model/He's A Whore as well as their second full-length album, Songs About Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they broke up.
    1. Jordan, Minnesota
    2. Passing Complexion
    3. Big Money
    4. Kerosene
    5. Bad Houses
    6. Fists of Love
    7. Stinking Drunk
    8. Bazooka Joe
    9. Strange Things
    10. Cables (Live)
    Big Black
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    Bulldozer EP


    Remastered By Steve Albini And Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering


    Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he
    was living in Evanston, Illinois, and attending Northwestern
    University. Lungs, the first Big Black release, was recorded by
    Steve in 1982 on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on
    the EP himself except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John
    Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland. Soon after, Steve
    recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) to help him out on bass.
    Santiago Durango (Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In
    1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the
    Bulldozer EP. It was initially released in a limited edition
    galvanized metal album jacket on Fever Records. By 1984, the
    band had done some touring and signed a deal with Homestead
    Records, releasing the Racer X EP, the Il Duce 7", and their
    first full-length Atomizer as well as The Hammer Party CD.
    Shortly after those releases, freed from their Homestead deal,
    Big Black came to Touch and Go. In 1992, Touch and Go re-released the Bulldozer EP.


    By 1987, Big Black released two additional 7"s, The
    Headache EP, as well as their second full-length Songs About
    Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they
    broke up. To quote the album insert in Songs About Fucking:
    "Hey, breaking up is an idea that has occurred to far too few
    groups. Sometimes to the wrong ones."


    When they broke up, Santiago Durango decided to go
    to law school and is now a lawyer. While in law school, he released two EP's on Touch and Go Records as Arsenal. Steve
    Albini went on to form Rapeman and then Shellac. He also
    owns and operates Electrical Audio recording studio in Chicago.

    1. Cables
    2. Pigeon Kill
    3. I'm a Mess
    4. Texas
    5. Seth
    6. Jump the Climb
    Big Black
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    Headache

    Remastered By Steve Albini And Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering


    "We liked to think we were ahead of our time. Now that time has caught up with us-well, this isn't such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn't make it any nicer." - Steve Albini


    Headache is a 1987 EP by Chicago post-hardcore band Big Black. The record generated some controversy due to a cover photograph of a shotgun suicide victim whose head was split in half; it only appeared on a very limited edition of the record and was later replaced with a drawing by Savage Pencil.


    Original pressings bore a sticker reading Warning! Not as good as Atomizer, so don't get your hopes up, cheese!, not as a gimmick, but honestly to any fans as the band thought that Headache was not as strong as the band's previous release. This also came at a time when major labels were first starting to warn parents that albums contained explicit lyrics, and while all of Big Black's records contained such lyrics, Headache's sticker was an ironic dig at mainstream music.

    1. My Disco
    2. Grinder
    3. Ready Men
    4. Pete, King of the Detectives
    Big Black
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    12 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
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